Round 12 – League vs Glenelg

Eagles 14.9 (93) def Glenelg 6.10 (46)
Goal Kickers:
J. Hayes 5, L. Sharrad 3, N. Hayes 2, T. Gray, J. Boyd, C. Hall, J. Firns

Best Players: J. Boyd, J. Hayes, L. Thompson, L. Sharrad, S. Lewis, N. Hayes

Good starts are something that all coaches preach but rarely do you get one like we had on Saturday.

The first quarter saw the players put a lot of pressure on Glenelg which created some good turn over footy for us. It’s one thing to get the ball, the other is to be able to execute and the players did that. This playing group has been working hard (like all clubs) on many things so it was nice to see the players get some reward for the work and finish with 6-1 to give us a handy 36 point lead.

The second was more of the same, we just didn’t finish in front of goal kicking 3-5 to go to half time 51 points up.

In this situation you mustn’t feel the work has been done, because if you can do it in a half so can the opposition, so it’s important to improve again as you know the opposition are always going to have a crack at responding. The first 10 minutes was very good but then Glenelg raised the bar and we let our guard down which was disappointing, finally losing the 3rd quarter by 3 goals.

We just needed to regroup, re focus, get the simple things right and lift our work rate in order to finish off a good day. The players delivered on this and started to gain back control kicking 4-2 to 0-1 only to allow 2 time on goals to bring the final margin back to 47 points.

Coaches are hard to please and there is no doubt we will talk and review our lapses, but we must also acknowledge for the majority of the day the players executed a very strong, disciplined and skilful brand of football.

Now we have another week off before a fantastic month of challenges ahead. We will all have a few days off this weekend to recharge then come back Monday fired up to make sure we position ourselves after this next block of games in the important top 3.

Michael Godden
Senior Coach

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